Even with a vast ocean between us, the lure of the Old World is inescapable, its magic, untranslatable. Americans have been fascinated by the stunning lands many of our families came from; the life -altering impressions they leave are eternal. Every region in every has its own deep, wholly unique roots. These roots connect intricately throughout the continent, a complex network from which sprouted the origins of nearly every facet of Western society and civilization as we know it today.
Squint into the distance: you can till see the ghost of rising dust clouds on roads leading to Rome or Athens. Time travel becomes easy when staying in a rustic chateau among the sweet lavender of Provence; cypress-guarded hills of sun-drenched Tuscany; or the exotic Moorish architecture of Seville. It simply stands still when sipping an espresso on the canals of Venice or Amsterdam; strolling the rose gardens of English countryside; or while listening to the whistle of the wind through the heather of Scotland.
Travel inland, and the feel rumble of carriages over age-old cobblestones, reverberating through your soles in places like Vienna, Budapest, and Paris. Crane your neck until you can stretch it no more to take in majestic spires that twist into the sun in Prague, London or Barcelona. Trade those towers for whitewashed buildings capped in blue, or, turn your gaze skyward once more to mountains hidden by clouds, a jagged horizon of white and green across Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France and Italy.
Regardless of the European destination, the lasting impression you'll take home is that it's indeed possible to find yourself swept up in the romance of a fairy tale. The only question is, which story will you choose?